Examining the role of mindfulness as a potential mediator of the relationship between gender role and disordered eating

Sorenson, Melody K. (2010) Examining the role of mindfulness as a potential mediator of the relationship between gender role and disordered eating. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Mindfulness has garnered empirical support in the treatment of both anxiety and depression, and more recently, in the treatment of binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa. Research, however, has not yet explored the role of dispositional mindfulness; namely, mindfulness without the benefit of formal training, as a protective factor against disordered eating. This study explored the role of dispositional mindfulness as a mediator of the relationship between gender role and disordered eating. The results of this research suggest that while mindfulness is associated with lower levels of disordered eating, it does not mediate the relationship between gender role and disordered eating, as was hypothesized. The implications of these findings will be discussed within the context of mental health.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/8750
Item ID: 8750
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 43-51).
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Psychology
Science, Faculty of > Psychology
Date: 2010
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Eating disorders; Meditation--Therapeutic use; Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy; Sex role

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